Lent and Latter-Day Models of Conversion

One of the talks I gave at a weekend women’s Lent retreat at St. Ignatius Retreat House last month was titled Latter-Day Models of Conversion. The theme of the retreat was Lent: A Time of Conversion.

A helpful way for us to reflect on our own process of conversion during Lent is to examine the lives of others whose lives are models of conversion. My talk included consideration of four womenwhose acceptance of God’s invitation to conversion is both a model and an inspiration.

The four women I talked about were Edith Stein, one of the most well-known and revered German woman of the last century who was put to death at Auschwitz; Dorothy Day, who lived among, and worked tirelessly on behalf of, the poor; Sr. Thea Bowman, who fought against prejudice and hatred with her words and her music; and Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first US-born canonized saint and a powerful educator.

Each of these women model what it means to turn one’s life over to God. Picking up the theme of my prior talk at this retreat – on what we are asked to give up and take up (the podcast of which you can find here), I talked a bit about what each of them gave up as part of their conversion.

I recorded the talk when I gave it and you can stream it from the icon below or can download it here. (Remember that you can also subscribe to Creo en Dios! podcasts on iTunes.)


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